A ROW of ornamental cherry trees will be planted in the Anning Road playing field in Lyme Regis, as part of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
Town councillors agreed to go ahead with the planting at this week’s meeting, despite some reported concerns from neighbouring residents.
Councillor Cheryl Reynolds, attending her first meeting having re-joined the council after standing for election uncontested, said she had spoken to several residents about the proposals.
While pointing out that she had nothing against tree planting, she questioned whether the playing field was the right location.
Six trees would be planted along the top perimeter of the playing field, adjacent to Anning Road, and Councillor Reynolds said residents opposite had expressed concerns that they would block their view of the field, both when watching their own children play and during incidents of anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Reynolds said she had previously had to go to the playing field to speak to young people when complaints were made about their behaviour, and this may reoccur if the field was not overlooked.
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, who proposed the planting scheme, said the trees would not grow to great heights and would be spaced out so he did not think it would block the view of the field.
Councillor Michaela Ellis said when council had previously looked at the possibility of planting trees in the playing field, its gardeners had advised that the soil was not of good enough quality.
This was not mentioned in the report given to councillors, but gardeners had suggested that the trees would need some surrounding protection in their early years, as they may get roughly treated by children going to and from the play park.
Despite concerns, councillors agreed to plant six trees with a plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which celebrates the formal acceptance by the Allied Forces of the Second Word War of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8 1945.
A working party is currently discussing plans on other ways to commemorate the anniversary in Lyme Regis later this year.
The trees are expected to cost between £30 and £50 each.